Advice Hub: IVSA/Homebuyer Report

Do you need an ISVA Report (Level 2) (or a Homebuyer Report) conducted when you buy a house? These articles highlight the importance of the Independent Surveyors and Valuers Association Report for people buying a property. The ISVA (Level 2) is not a detailed survey and focuses only on significant and urgent matters and is generally more suitable for newer properties built after 1970. These articles help you understand what it is and whether it is right for you.

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Asbestos in houses

Asbestos is identified in quite a few of the properties in which we undertake surveys. We particularly find it in those houses that were built between 1930 and 1980 and older flat conversions. Asbestos can appear in the most unlikely of places. Care needs to be taken if you have it, or suspect you have it, in your home.

Where is asbestos found in houses?

Generally speaking, we most often find asbestos in houses in the following locations:

  • Roof soffits
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Surveying during Coronavirus

Are surveyors and valuers still doing surveys during the UK lockdown caused by COVID-19?

Yes. Government guidelines permit surveyors to carry on surveying and inspecting houses during the COVID-19 crisis.

What do the Government guidelines for surveyors say?

The guidance advises surveyors should not expect to carry out non-urgent surveys in homes where people are in residence, and no inspections should take place if any person in the property is showing symptoms, self-isolating or being shielded.

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Building surveys vs Specialist Damp Report

As a firm of professionally qualified surveyors, there’s nothing much that annoys us more than those who sit on the fence when they find damp and recommend a ‘specialist damp report’. These are usually poor quality surveyors intending solely to sell their own ‘specialist’ service or solution.
Only last month I carried out a timber damp inspection following a detailed and very damning report from a ‘specialist’. It had identified dry rot, timber decay in the floor and rampant rising
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Buying a new build home – do I need a survey?

The last few years has seen a big increase in the number of new housing estates going up in the area surrounding Collier Stevens’ Hythe and Chislehurst offices. This isn’t just a localised phenomenon. It’s happening across the UK. We are often asked why a building survey of a new build home is worthwhile.

More often than not, when someone buys a new build home the idea of having a survey seems silly. After all, it’s brand new. What worries … Read more...